When you live in a big city, you are going to have to deal with all sort of pests: rats, mice, cockroaches, and the most dreaded of all, the bed bug. The reason why the bed bug is so feared is that it is very difficult to get rid of. In many cases, people have to throw out mattresses, pillows, and go through extensive cleaning in order to even have a chance of ridding their apartments of the pests. Therefore it's important to follow as many precautions as possible in order to keep these pests at bay. The following list is going to help you with that by providing some tips on how to keep the pests from your apartment. This article will also cover how to deal with the pests should you see signs of bed bugs around your living space.
Never Buy Used Upholstered Furniture
Bed bugs are often found in used furniture. While most people would know to avoid buying a used bed, there are plenty of other types of furniture that you should also avoid. Any sort of upholstered furniture such as sofas or armchairs are potentially home to bed bugs. Therefore, it is important to not buy used furniture of this type. In many large cities, people will often look to furnish an apartment via an online site such as Craigslist or Facebook. The benefit of doing this is that it can be very cheap. However, the downside (contracting bed bugs) poses too great a risk. So, stick with only buying used wooden or metal furniture online.
Protect Your Mattresses When Moving
It's common when you live in the city to move apartments. Unless you have purchased a co-op or condo, then you might move in order to live closer to work, or perhaps you are moving because the landlord has raised your rent. Whatever the case, you will need to hire a moving company to take your belongings from one location to another. One very important aspect of this process is to ensure that your mattress is safe. You should buy a plastic mattress cover that will protect your mattress from bed bugs while in transit. Unfortunately, many moving vans can have bed bugs in them and become a source contamination.
Bring In A Pest Control Specialist At The First Sign Of Bed Bugs
Because bed bugs are so difficult to eliminate and because they spread so rapidly, it's vital that you contact a professional pest control expert at the first sign of bed bugs. These signs might be dark spots on your bedding (signs of blood) or even telltale bed bug bites on your body. In any event, you must realize that no amount of vacuuming or washing of sheets will suffice. You need to hire professionals to come in and exterminate.
Fore more information on bed bug control, contact a local pest control company.